NHL player out long-term after wrist gets cut by skate blade

TAMPA, Fla. – Edmonton Oilers forward Evander Kane will miss three to four months after being cut on the left wrist by a skate blade Tuesday night, the team said Wednesday.

Kane got tangled with Lightning defenseman Philippe Myers just inside the Edmonton defensive zone and while on the ice was cut by Tampa Bay forward Pat Maroon’s skate blade 3:27 into the second period.

Kane grabbed the lacerated area with his right hand and rushed to the bench before heading for the locker room. He was taken to the hospital for surgery.

“You cringe when you see that,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “It was tough to see. Hopefully he’s going to be OK because you know, hockey, you battle against each other. It’s a war (but) we’re still a family.”

Kane tweeted Wednesday morning that he was on the mend and thanked the medical staffs who treated him.

The team said Kane would go on long-term injured reserve, and that Mattias Janmark and Klim Kostin were being recalled from the American Hockey League.

“It’s scary, certainly scary,” Oilers star Connor McDavid said of the incident Tuesday night. “I think you could feel the energy in the entire rink kind of just get sucked out. We’re thinking about him. We’re hearing he’s doing OK, but that’s obviously initial.”  

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